Friday, December 19, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Trip to Carlsbad Caverns

As part of our journey to New Mexico for the Thanksgiving Holiday the family made a trek down to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Monday, November 17, 2008

From the vaults...

Video of My brother and I kicking it live at Theo's in Ypsilanti, MI.
From my previous life, to your computer. Enjoy!



This footage was part of a ton of footage that was filmed during the "Gimme the Finger Tour" back in 2005. We were going to make a DVD of the trip, but all we got completed was a trailer. Too busy making music and too broke to hire someone to edit all of it.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Wine Country

We set out Saturday afternoon for another adventure. About one hour north east of San Diego nestled in the rolling hills of the California countryside is a town called Temecula. Here you will find an abundance of wineries along Rancho California Road. We visited Bailey's, Churon and Mt Palomar. Bailey's was the winner for taste, Mt Palomar for scenery :)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

120mm

No Photoshop, Real Film = FUN.



I'm just a novice so go easy on me.

More to come!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Hugo Print

My brother made a new print and sent me one! Its a woodcut of Hugo Chavez in early American Colonial attire. It's rather huge 4'x 2' and all kinds of awesome, check the pics below and check his blog here: Enrique's Webpage

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Quote of the Day

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.” -Rainer Maria Rilke

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Giant Fashion Pics



The Mike Giant opening was off the chain!! (do people still say that?)
You can see Liz and I made the cut. More over at REBEL8

Monday, October 13, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

An afternoon at Point Loma

Today we drove to Point Loma to check out the light house and tide pools. Unfortunately the park closes at 4:30 and low tide is at 6:50, as such - we miss out on all the critters in the tide pools!! Check back in January - maybe we'll catch some then!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Liz is POTD @ FF

Brilliant! Liz is famous, I took the pic at a sushi restaurant a few blocks from our apartment.



Liz on FF (today 9/22 only)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

URB Magazine's Next 1000!





















The Figuers have been featured on URB Magazine's Next 1000! please click the link below and vote by clicking on the stars.

URB's NEXT 1000 - VOTE!!

don't forget to leave a comment!

Monday, September 08, 2008

LOS ON THE RUN!

Blogging from the phone camera.

updated VERY frequently, as I see things fit for a photo op.

LOS ON THE RUN!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

8 Tracks

this little ditty of some selections from the collection.

everyday goodies.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

SoCo Music Experience

Last night we went to the SoCo Music Experience just to see The Black Keys .

They were awesome.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Happy Bday Liz!

What's the best bday present EVER? NO, not a million dollars, but my family visiting from Michigan! Here's a recap of events:

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Reign In Blood


Snapped this one while driving on the way to work in the morning.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Gumball in our front yard

Who knew? We didn't. Sunday afternoon at Neighborhood we saw the Five&ADime Gumball Car parked across the street. Little did we know it was Gumball Rally in San Diego one week to the race's official start in LA. So that's why the street across from our place was closed off. To our utter surprise and amazement we witnessed the following:

...it was a very good year



'79

Monday, August 04, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Superhero

After a few beers and burgers at Neighborhood (a bar on ground floor of our apt building), we decided to head over to an art party. It was held in conjunction with some of the ComicCon folks and aptly named ‘Superhero’ with many comics themed pieces of artwork.




After walking through a desolate and sketchy part of town and Liz having her first encounter ever with city cockroaches, we finally found the plain looking brick building that housed the function. We were greeted by security at the velvet rope and could hear the music blasting and voices mingling from the inside. After a quick check of our foreign Michigan ID’s we were let in to find this scene:



We had a great time looking at the art and enjoying the music. Unfortunately the bar was cash only and all we had were debit-cards and not an ATM in sight. Luckily for us the guy throwing (Jeromy) the party hooked us up with drink tickets (thanks man!). I think he felt sorry for us Midwest transplants with no friends.

Liz pondered on buying one of the pieces until we realized that we were a few-too-many beers deep and even deeper than that in debt. Ha.



These were a few of our favorite pieces:



Anthony Lister



Daniel Johnston



Others

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

BAD-ASS

Liz got her first tattoo last night. Rib cage, big, bold, nuff said. Mad props.
here are a few blurry pics will post better ones once its all healed and finished.

Many thanks to Todd @ Nothing Sacred Tattoo.


Monday, July 07, 2008

Happy!



We had a BIG weekend. Carlos's fam came to visit us in San Diego. Here's a photo journal of the events that transpired. Enjoy!

Monday, June 30, 2008

The Figuers album reviewed on Allmusic.com

CLICK HERE TO READ @ Allmusic.com

or

read the text here:

Mixing Latin and hip-hop rhythms with plenty of warm keyboards, fuzzy guitars, and bleeping electronic percussion, Michigan-based the Figuers play a version of left-field rap that's more at home in a late-night lounge than behind an MC's verses. That's not to say the trio's self-titled full-length debut, out on the group's own Fingerprint Records, has that kind of artificiality, that super-smooth breeziness, that's often associated with after-hours music, because it absolutely doesn't. There's a real sense of deliberation and reflection here, both in the careful yet fun arrangements and the actual instrumental lines themselves, so even the most lighthearted of the songs ("Sexy Collarbone," "Play That Beat") never seem fluffy or insignificant. In fact, it's only when the pieces began to feel a little too thoughtful, too serious, that the album begins to lose a bit of the significance it had and slips into the realm of the monotonous. "Instrumental #4," for example, focuses too much on the beat — which is not particularly interesting, one of the few times this is true — and less on melody, trying perhaps to provoke thought but instead losing itself in its own lack of dynamic shift, in its own plodding. Fortunately, the rest of The Figuers doesn't follow suit. Musicians and occasional vocalists Losaka and Hippo, along with DJ IrwinPlus, are able to produce melodic, intricate songs that repeat without being repetitive, that are steady without being boring, that are pleasant and comfortable but not shallow. This is certainly due in part to the fact that they play most of the samples on the album's 14 tracks, so they have the ability to amend and improvise at will, changing up a Rhodes line subtly as it moves throughout the piece; adding words in Spanish and English, extra percussion, and scratches when needed; and showing off the diversity of their influence base. "Explosion (Get Live)" sounds like something Aesop Rock might rhyme over, "Polarcita" blends California soul with warm Ratatat-esque instrumentals, "Running Closer" begins with a soul sample, "Sexy Collarbones" tries to rip off Prince, and "Jala Pelo" breaks into a slow dubstep, all tied together, however, by the Figuers' greater vision of creating a cross-cultural amalgamation of the music they love, a vision that ends up being quite successful.

-Marisa Brown, Allmusic.com


SOLD!

Sold our old house in Ann Arbor today! No more double housing payments. It took us two and half months to sell it. This calls for a celebration considering how lousy the market is these days. Done and Done!

now back to un-packing....

What a Mess



Photo taken right after we finished moving stuff into the apartment. yikes.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Grand Canyon

We stopped in to the Grand Canyon to check things out. Didnt get a chance to camp out because the campgrounds were full. So we stayed in a 'lodge'. We saw the sights, spent the night woke up and made a bee line for San Diego. Here are some sights:



Total miles traveled: 2,473

We're now in San Diego in an empty apartment. Just got some internet, We'll be moving our stuff in this saturday. I'll post pics of the mess then. stay tuned!

Monday, June 16, 2008

New Mexico Intermission - Day Three

Howdy! we spent all day today hiking around in Bandelier National Monument Park in New Mexico. About 2 hours north of ABQ it houses some ancient Native American ruins and awesome scenery. take a peek below:

More Random Road Fun

Random shots from the road, day one and two were rather uneventful except for the violent storm we drove through in Oklahoma. Miles traveld so far: 1,592. enjoy!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Cross-country Adventures day one

Today we officially said goodbye to Ann Arbor and our house.

Here is Liz standing where our dining room used to be:


packed up the car...


and we went off on our way. Not too many sights to see on this leg of the trip, we did drive through St. Louis and Liz caught a shot of downtown


We finished day one in Springfield, MO for a total of 738 miles traveled today.
We're exhausted and just ate some Papa Johns in our hotel room, ready for some sleep and looking forward to our 13 hour trip to Albuquerque tomorrow.

stay tuned for day two!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

All PACKED up

Door #1


Door #2


Door #3


See you in California!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Challenger



Got to drive this car a few days ago.

It was fantastic on the highway, but at 12 miles/gallon I didn't feel as bad about owning one of these instead:



lookin' pretty and ready for the long voyage ahead.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

my nephew Ira

...thinks I'm the coolest.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

San Diego Recon



We went to San Diego over the weekend. We found an apartment loft to live in, had some job interviews, and ate some good food. We'll be back.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Riding in the Fairmont to Karate Class



A mix of soft rock favorites from the late 70’s and 80’s that have been engraved in my memory thanks to my parents favorite radio station back in SF.

Click here to Listen:
Riding in the Fairmont to Karate Class

Download entire FULL compilation:
THE WHOLE THING

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Two posts in one day?!

I just had to share this w/ you. This is brilliant shit.





enjoy

Money and Moves, Moves and Money...

So Liz and I are moving again. She got a job transfer to San Diego. We are extremely excited to be going out west but our window of time to get out there is very narrow.

We have approximately 2 months to:

-Pack and/or sell some of or all of our stuff asap
-Put our house on the market and sell it asap
-Sell one of our cars asap
-Find an apartment in San Diego asap
-Figure out how to get our things over there asap
-Say goodbye to Ann Arbor :(

This is going to be an exciting and intense summer for us.
We'll be flying out to SD to find a place to live soon.

Keep your fingers crossed and send good vibes our way please.

I'll be detailing most of our activities on this here blog
as things progress.

Check out our moving sale on the internet. I will add much more in the coming weeks so check back frequently.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Caracas



Made a new shirt design over the weekend.
Hand printed a few for the fam.
If interested let me know.
Caracas, the place where I was born.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

ABC3D

Got my hands on a copy of this book today, seems really, really cool at first but...whats the revisiting value of this book? its a novelty item, good to show off to friends and to give to a 5 year old who would truly be amazed by it still even after seeing it for the 50th time. yay! judge for yourself:



I also got my hands on this one here:



Gary Panter, creator of the Pee Wee's Playhouse I grew up with. He's also a rad artist. more here GARY PANTER BOOK

until next time!